I'm running apache v2.4 to host a personal web site on my office mac mini running OS X 10.10. The basic site is working fine but its throwing the 403 forbidden access error when I add symbolic link to a directory (in the ~/anil/Documents/ folder).
I've enabled FollowSymLinks on /etc/apache2/httpd.conf like so
DocumentRoot "/Users/anil/Sites" <Directory "/Users/anil/Sites"> # # Possible values for the Options directive are "None", "All", # or any combination of: # Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks SymLinksifOwnerMatch ExecCGI MultiViews # # Note that "MultiViews" must be named *explicitly* --- "Options All" # doesn't give it to you. # # The Options directive is both complicated and important. Please see # http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/mod/core.html#options # for more information. # Options All MultiViews MultiviewsMatch Any # # AllowOverride controls what directives may be placed in .htaccess files. # It can be "All", "None", or any combination of the keywords: # AllowOverride FileInfo AuthConfig Limit # AllowOverride All # # Controls who can get stuff from this server. # Require all granted </Directory>
Here's my /etc/apache2/users/anil.conf
<Directory "/Users/anil/Sites/"> AddLanguage en .en LanguagePriority en fr de ForceLanguagePriority Fallback Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Order allow,deny Allow from localhost Require all granted </Directory>
I've also verified that all the directories in the symlink target directory have the execute permission but to no avail; to try and rule this out I created a symlink for a dummy file in a directory one level down in the site rootdir but still same error.
$ ls -lrt total 24 -rw-r--r--+ 1 anil staff 49 Feb 24 08:15 somefile lrwxr-xr-x 1 anil staff 29 Feb 24 09:13 Corpus -> /Users/anil/Documents/Corpus drwxr-xr-x 3 anil staff 102 Feb 25 07:37 tmp_folder lrwxr-xr-x 1 anil staff 20 Feb 25 07:38 blankfile -> tmp_folder/blankfile
Here's the relevant output from apache's error_log:
[Thu Feb 25 13:51:14.465824 2016] [core:error] [pid 42861] [client x.x.x.x:p] AH00032: Symbolic link not allowed or link target not accessible: /Users/anil/Sites/blankfile [Thu Feb 25 13:51:14.465925 2016] [core:error] [pid 42861] [client x.x.x.x:y] AH00037: Symbolic link not allowed or link target not accessible: /Users/anil/Sites/Corpus